Writer: Jesper Nyboe
For many years Voxhall/Atlas seemed to completely ignore hip hop in any way possible, they seem, however, to be steering back on the right course. It seemed to start in small with Aarhus Took It returning a few years back and was marked by the success of the Immortal Technique concert last year. Now this spring they have already had Earl Sweatshirt and they feature Grieves the 19th of April and Cunninlynguists + Sadistik the 18th of May and they are involved in the Schoolboy Q concert the 20th of May on Train. It’s a welcomed development and hopefully Fonden Voxhall will be the place for hip hop it once was 15 years ago.
But back to the interesting part – who’s playing.
The 19th of April Atlas will present the Seattle-born rapper Grieves, who is signed on Rhymesayers, the home for legendary artists like Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, MF Doom, Brother Ali among others. Grieves has just released his fourth and critically acclaimed album “Winter And The Wolves”. Grieves is especially known for his lyrics and meticulous exploration of life, love and loss and his combination of rap and song. On the new album he combines organic pianos and guitars with boisterous synthesizers in order to paint a colorful backdrop for his unique blend of rapping and singing. On the tour he will bring his new expanded live band and light performances.
The opening act will be the Danish newcomers Wilfred x Jensus who just released their EP “Horisonten Vælter” this January.
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The 18th of May will be even greater when the legendary American rap group Cunninlynguists once again visits Aarhus bringing the American rapper Sadistik and the Norwegian producer/DJ Tomax along with them.
Cunninlynguits consists of producer and former rapper Kno and the rappers Deacon The Villain and Natti. Musically there has never been an anomaly in hip hop like Cunninlynguists. The music is clearly southern, however they sample genres from psych-rock to blues to new romantic to polka and can be as easily compared to UGK as Atmosphere. They have recently released the third part of their mixtape series Strange Journey, which is the first ever truly crowd-sourced record ever released. This means that their fans have been able to interact and decide who will feature, who will produce, concept, the artwork etc. It was released in March and has already been a great success.
They are well known for their conceptuality, having deep lyrics and last but not least for Kno’s amazing production skills. The album “A Piece Of Strange” is by many considered one of the best and most complete hip hop albums of all-time and spurned several website who tried to decipher and analyze the biblical content.
They have visited Aarhus a few times before and have been praised by both media and the fans every time.
Sadistik burst on to the scene with his debut album “The Balancing Act” which seemed to have come out of nowhere with his very complex rhyming structure, dark lyrical content and hard delivery. It achieved praise from both artists and audience and he was one of the most requested artists, when Cunninlynguists asked their fans who they should work with on “Strange Journey Three”. He has since released an EP produced entirely by Kid Called Computer in 2013 he released his sophomore album “Flowers For My Father”.
Also joining them will be Norwegian DJ/Producer Thomax, who made a name for him releasing a series of remix-compilations and was, just as Sadistik, one of the main vote-getters from the fans of Cunninlynguists.